Collaborative Action Toward Community Health (CATCH) Center
National Institute of Health (NIH)
1/1/2012 – 12/31/2016
The aim of this project is to directly contribute to improved mental health and reduced substance abuse in rural American Indian (AI) communities through scientifically rigorous and culturally accurate development and dissemination of prevention and intervention strategies. Through the Center of Excellence this project seeks to establish the Collaborative Action toward Community Health (CATCH). This work will improve quality of life for rural AI populations, which experience dramatic behavioral health inequities. Although health and life expectancy in AI communities have improved over time, much work remains. Our research agenda articulates a model for AI health and health disparities that is well-grounded in current theory and applicable to all our proposed Research Projects. Our CATCH will work towards eliminating the gaps identified in these seminal publications. Our investigations reiterate a single leitmotif – the examination of multiple influences on behavioral health at multiple levels and across the lifespan. While this perspective is undoubtedly broad, we firmly believe that it ensures the maximum likelihood that we will affect the day-to-day lives of suffering human beings. Our projects include children, youth, and adults, and truly represent the communities with which we partner, with AIs serving in key roles. As a result, all proposed projects will have deep and meaningful ties to their respective communities. Investigators are more fully invested in the communities with which they work, and their commitment goes a long way to ensuring reciprocity and respect among all parties involved in the research. CATCH will pursue an integrated, multi-faceted research program that capitalizes on several large, well-organized, existing efforts. This Collaborative will benefit from numerous new and well-established, mutually respectful relationships in addressing issues deemed important in behavioral health. Sound scientific approaches are linked with a community-based participatory perspective to create a transdisciplinary research program of the highest caliber for rural AI community members, patients, clinicians, researchers, and health policymakers.